Colombia is said to be Latin America’s, if not the world’s, “Capital of internally displaced people” as a result of a violent civil war that forced thousands of rural, indigenous families to flee their homes. 80% of these individuals sought refuge in urban areas and habitually encountered difficulty finding adequate housing, obtaining healthcare, and locating employment to sustain them. The transition from rural to urban life has been disturbing and has left devastating effects on children including lack of access to education, healthcare, and involvement of children in child labor.
Bridges of Hope is currently addressing the needs of the displaced population, as well as populations living in marginalized communities. Both populations are suffering from lack of basic necessities. Our projects and programs are focused on needs around Cartagena, Colombia. Medical, vision, and dental care, educational programs, community development initiatives, vocational training, and social outreaches contribute to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. The success of these outreaches is accomplished by Colombians and Americans working together to provide real solutions to real people with real needs. For more information on Cartagena, see the website www.cartagenainfo.net.
AT OUR LAST MEDICAL CLINIC IN 2016…
Received Physician Consultation and Medical Care
Received Dental Services
Fast Facts On Colombia…
What did you say?!
The country’s name is spelled “Colombia”; not Columbia. The country name is pronounced “Co-lom-bi-a. Many non-Spanish speakers get this wrong.
Because of social inequality and violence, poverty in Colombia becomes stronger in remote rural areas or areas that are constantly stricken by violence or conflict. The lack of education and illiteracy in rural areas are other factors that make rural areas targets of extreme poverty.
Fall into the gap
The gap formed between the rural and urban areas of Colombia is marked by the poverty, inequality, and violence situations that tend to be most present in rural areas. These issues hinder the development of the Colombian rural areas.
- RURAL POVERTY HEADCOUNT RATION AT NATIONAL POVERTY LINES 42.8%
- INCOME SHARE HELD BY LOWEST 20% 3.3%
- PEOPLE LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE 28.5%
- PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY 8.1%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO COLOMBIA
Bridges of Hope International began taking international teams into Colombia in 2007. Many bridges have been built, but there is still much to be done. Partner with us this summer as we continue to change lives; one person at a time.
Impact Trip//July 2016
Bridges of Hope International traveled to Cartagena, Colombia in July 2016. We had technology and business seminars with our partners, Actuar Por Bolivar and the Carlos and Sonia Haime Foundation, educating 160 students on how to design a website and also starting a business. We had a vision clinic, providing 300 reading glasses to 2 different communities. We visited a nursing home, celebrating their birthdays and also providing new clothes for the residents. We visited a children’s hospital with very sick children, giving each child a coloring book and crayons…more importantly our love and prayers! We would love to have you come on our next Impact Trip! Sign up today!